Facts and Figures
Number of people worldwide who will die of starvation this year: 60 million
Number of people who could be adequately fed with the grain
saved if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 60 million
Human beings in America: 243 million
How frequently a child starves to death: every two seconds
Number of people who could be fed with grain and soybeans now eaten by U.S. livestock: 1.3 billion
Percentage of corn grown in the U. S. eaten by people: 20
Percentage of corn grown in the U. S. eaten by livestock: 80
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of beef: 16
Fatalities per 100,000 in livestock occupations: 28
People employed in slaughterhouse operations: Over one half million
Why is it destroying the planet?
Even if you do not believe in the environmental impact caused by methane, factory farming is still the primary cause of global warming/Greenhouse Effect.Carbon Dioxide emissions from fossil fuels (livestock transport, slaughterhouse operations, logging operations to make room for livestock, etc.)
Fossil fuels needed to produce a meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 50 times more
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
Area of tropical rain forest consumed in every quarter-pound hamburger: 55 sq. ft.
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rain forests for
meat grazing and other uses:
1,000 per year
Use of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: Livestock production
Gallons of water to produce a pound of meat: 2,500
Why does it damage our health?
70 percent of the 9 billion broiler chickens, 34.4 million cattle, and 116.5 million pigs produced annually in the U.S. are fed a diet containing roxarsone, the most common
arsenic-based additive used in animal feed.
Arsenic has been linked to bladder, lung, skin, kidney and colon cancer,
while low-level exposures canlead to partial paralysis and diabetes.
Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat 4 times a week vs. less than once a week: 4 times
For women who eat eggs daily vs. less than once a week: 3 times
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who eat meat daily vs. sparingly or not at all:
Most common cause of death in U.S.: heart attack
How frequently a heart attack kills in the US: every 45 seconds
Average US mans risk of death from heart attack while eating a meat-centered diet: 50%
Risk for average U.S. man who avoids the meat-centered diet: 15%
Percentage of pesticide residues in the U. S. diet supplied by grains 1%
Percentage of pesticide residues in the U. S. diet supplied by fruits: 4%
Percentage of pesticide residues in the U. S. diet supplied by dairy products: 23%
Percentage of pesticide residues in the U. S. diet supplied by meat: 55%
UN, National Agricultural Statistics Service, US Department of Agriculture, American Heart Association, Human Rights Watch